Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Mother Braves Pain in Public; COVER STORY

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Mother Braves Pain in Public; COVER STORY

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Byline: Kristy Martin

KIRSTY McCarron bravely stepped out to attend the inquest into her son Travis' death yesterday, despite having rarely left her house since the tragic drowning a year ago.

Mrs McCarron's family members have told the Tweed Daily News the toddler's death hit his mother so hard that she has since found it difficult to leave her home.

But yesterday Mrs McCarron, who was present for the opening of the inquest but hadn't attended since, appeared composed as she faced the public and had even brought her new baby to court with her.

Mrs McCarron cuddled four-week-old Joey, who is already sporting a full head of black hair, throughout yesterday's proceedings at Tweed Heads Coroner's Court while smiling relatives looked on.

McCarron family members and supporters have packed the court's public gallery all week, bravely listening to the details surrounding 21-month-old Travis' death.

The toddler drowned in a pond at Russell Way Park in Tweed Heads South on April 11, 2008, during a day care excursion.

Close friend Katrina Sims said Mrs McCarron had not attended the inquest on the previous two days because she hadn't wanted to see the carers looking after Travis at the time of his death.

Mrs McCarron appeared calm and composed as witnesses took the stand yesterday.

Travis' father Ricky McCarron was not present at the inquest.

But the boy's sister Tameeka Green, 11, and his grandparents Dean and Jenny Travis and Veronese Burgess attended the court.

Mrs McCarron's sister Sara was also present, as were Mr McCarron's sisters.

Both Travis' grandmothers have handbags with images of Travis printed on them, which were gifts to them from the McCarrons.

Each family member and supporter of the McCarrons wore butterfly pins to court in honour of Travis.

Kirsty also got 'Travis' dolls made up for Tameeka and Joey. …

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